April 16, 2015

X-Wing Squad lists used so far, where to for Escalation

Having a decent Squad Builder on my phone I've been spending a fair bit of time making and re-making Squadron lists but like most players (I suspect) only a few of those have seen combat.  So far I've taken the following lists into action (that I can recall).

The 3 Amigos
99
TI
Sontir Fel – PS9
27
[Elite] Push the limit
[Mod] Shield upgrade
[Title] Royal guard Tie
[Mod] Targeting computer
3
4
0
2
36
TI
Tur Phennir – PS7
25
[Elite] Outmanoeuvre
[Mod] Hull upgrade
3
3
31
TI
Carnor Jax – PS8
26
[Elite] Push the limit
[Mod] Hull upgrade
3
3
32


Played this one 3 times now albiet with slightly different options on Sontir e.g. dropping Targeting computer for Hull upgrade or Stealth Device.  Definitely fun to play but I keep forgetting peoples pilot abilities e.g Tur Phennir's free boost/barrel roll after attacking and most importantly that Carnor Jax needs to be in close (Range 1) of enemy ships as often as possible to stop them adding Focus or Evade.

Rexler ‘s Escort
100
TD
Rexler Brath – PS8
37
[Elite] Squad Leader
[Roc] Ion Pulse Missiles
[Sec] Heavy Laser Cannon
[Mod] Engine Upgrade
2
3
7
4
53
TI
Saber Squadron Pilot – PS4
21
[Elite] Push the limit
3
24
TI
Saber Squadron Pilot – PS4
21
[Elite] Wingman
2
23

Played 3 games with this one against Jeff on Tuesday night and managed to win 2 of them - although this was due in part to Jeff taking a strange Scum list with one very redundant ship in it.  Worked really well but not really the ideal set-up so I've modified it to the following

Rexler Royal Road Trip
100
TD
Rexler Brath – PS8
37
[Elite] Outmanoeuvre
[Roc] Proton Rockets
[Sec] Ion Cannon
[Mod] Engine Upgrade
3
3
3
4
50
TI
Royal Guard Pilot – PS6
22
[Elite] Push the limit
3
25
TI
Royal Guard Pilot – PS6
22
[Elite] Push the limit
3
25

Ion Cannon works better than Ion Missiles as I can shoot it every round and at 1pt extra you get 2 extra points of PS on your Royal Guard Interceptors vs. the Saber Squadron dudes.  Squad Leader and Wingman were too inconsistent in my ability to use them and I like the idea of Ion shooting people and having PTL Interceptors rush in to finish them off.

Sontir’s Swarm
98
TI
Sontir Fel – PS9
27
[Elite] Push the limit
[Mod] Hull upgrade
[Title] Royal Guard Tie
[Mod] Targeting computer
3
3
0
2
35
TF
Mauler Mithel – PS7
17
[Elite] Swarm Tactics
2
19
TF
Howlrunner  - PS8
18
[Elite] Swarm Tactics
2
20
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12

This list has also included Carnor Jax instead of Sontir but having someone at PS9 is slightly better for me.  Still working on Swarm movement but I'll get it sorted one day.

There have been several others but these ones have kind of stuck as being fun for me to play.  Perhaps not optimum according to whatever prevailing meta people follow but still good for me.

Escalation List?
With Cerberus Games in Wellington running an Escalation event in May I've done some quick thinking about what I could take at 60, 90, 120 & 150 pts.  There are a lot of options available but I've come up with the following as a first attempt

Round 1 (60pts – Min 2/Max 8 Ships)
59
TF
Howlrunner – PS8
18
[Elite] Swarm Tactics
[Mod] Hull upgrade
2
3
23
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12

Could go badly or well depending on how I move it, but will be fun either way

Round 2 (90pts – Min 2/Max 8 ships)
89
TF
Howlrunner – PS8
18
[Elite] Swarm Tactics
[Mod] Hull upgrade
2
3
23
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12
TI
Sontir Fel – PS9
27
[Elite] Push the limit
3
30

Sontir is a nice update to the list but I'm limited on what I can give him.  His pilot ability makes Push the Limit a non-brainer as you can effectively assign him 2 focus e.g. Focus action, push the limit boost, get stress from PTL, assign another focus.

Round 3 (120pts – Min 2/Max 8 ships)
118
TF
Howlrunner – PS8
18
[Elite] Swarm Tactics
[Mod] Hull upgrade
2
3
23
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12
TI
Sontir Fel – PS9
27
[Elite] Push the limit
3
30
TI
Carnor Jax – PS8
26
[Elite] Outmanoeuvre
3
29

Carnor Jax to really screw with people's defence against the Swarm e.g. enemy ships within Range 1 of him cannot use Focus or Evade actions. 

Round 4 (150pts – Min 2/Max 8 ships)
149
TF
Howlrunner – PS8
18
[Elite] Swarm Tactics
[Mod] Hull upgrade
2
3
23
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12
TF
Academy Pilot – PS1
12


12
TI
Sontir Fel – PS9
27
[Elite] Push the limit
[Mod] Hull upgrade
3
3
33
TI
Carnor Jax – PS8
26
[Elite] Outmanoeuvre
3
29
TI
Tur Phennir – PS7
25
[Elite] Push the limit
3
28
Chuck in Tur Phennir so I have the 3 Amigos going.  7 ships gives me more flexibility and if I like I can split Howlrunner off to fly with the Interceptors giving them his re-roll ability rather than the Academy Pilots.  

4 comments:

Timothy Lind said...

The Interceptors are just so solid. It's hard to pass them up.

Have you tried the Phantoms yet? They feel godly. I had my first game with my Decimator on Monday. With mara Jade and a Rebel Captive it becomes a ramming stress machine - a lot of fun.

I've had the TIE Defender for a while, but haven't got to use it yet. I think it's because the Firespray or TIE bombers can kind of do the same thing on first glance - sit back and be a gunboat.

Also looking forward to the TIE Advance upgrade coming up. They used to be fantastic ships in the Wave 1 metagame, and will be great to field them again.

Great to read about your enthusiasm for the game!

John Murrie said...

Haven't tried Phantoms although I did consider getting one rather than the defender. What's the story with the Advanced upgrade? Is there a new wave expected soon

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Timothy Lind said...

Along with the upcoming Imperial Raider there are some TIE Advanced upgrades and pilots: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2014/12/19/here-comes-the-imperial-raider/

Haven't tried the Epic scale games yet... but having just seen the new Star Wars movie trailer I think this will happen very soon...